Arts + Crafts

Claudine Hellmuth on Martha Stewart!

September 11, 2007

Don’t forget to tune in to the Martha Stewart show tomorrow, Wednesday September 12, to watch Claudine Hellmuth teach Ms. Martha a thing or two about mixed media collage art. I’m so excited that she got on the show and can’t wait to watch one of my favorite artists in action. YES! I can only imagine what national exposure will do to her career.

Claudine Hellmuth on Martha Stewart!

Yeah, Claudine! A huge congratulations to you.

(image from holly becker for decor8)






Rooms

EQ3: Super Affordable Furniture

September 11, 2007

Affordable and stylish? Can this be real? I can’t believe I haven’t blogged about EQ3 sooner. I first found out about them 6 months ago while at Jordan’s in Reading, MA. They have an entire section devoted to EQ3 and I was blown away by the styles and prices of this very posh looking collection of furniture. All the sofas are priced around $800 and some of their coffee tables are under $150. Beds with headboards only $350. They also carry bedding, accessories, and lighting.

EQ3: Super Affordable Furniture The Matrioshka dolls for $15 are extremely cute for those of you who collect nesting dolls.

And the best part, none of it looked cheap or throw away. The sofas were comfy and I like all the color choices and clean European lines with lots of lacquered pieces and chrome. I walked away from EQ3 thinking that the line was exclusive to Jordan’s furniture, but a reader recently told me that they have a website, and it was there that I noticed they have stores popping up all over America, in fact they’ve just opened two in Phoenix, AZ and Norfolk, VA. Other locations can be found in the San Francisco Bay Area, Los Angeles, Grand Rapids, Richmond, Charlotte and are also available in over 300 in-store galleries across North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia.

EQ3: Super Affordable FurnitureEQ3: Super Affordable Furniture I love this floor lamp in white, called the Sprocket – and it’s only $45! Yes, really.
Very Anglepoise on a budget.

EQ3: Super Affordable Furniture All of their bedding is priced around $85.

In the MA/NH area, you can find them at Jordan’s Furniture. Anyone have experience with EQ3? I’d love to hear from you! Please comment below.

(images from eq3)






Arts + Crafts, Objects, Shopping + Products, Travel

KaT: Art + Home Accessories from France

September 11, 2007

Catherine Gallicere of KaT wrote in to show me her mixed media paintings using textiles and acrylics to create quirky characters and landscapes with a Japanese feel. Darling!

KaT: Art + Home Accessories from France
If you happen to be in Paris anytime until October 13th (lucky you!), the 3 Owls Bookshop located in the basement of le Bon March? features some of her paintings as part of their Love Tokyo exhibit. In addition to her paintings, Catherine produces pillows, lampshades, and other home accessories. She also collaborates with others on projects in the fashion world.

KaT: Art + Home Accessories from France
KaT: Art + Home Accessories from FranceKaT: Art + Home Accessories from France
Her website is only in French (it’s so cute, you have to look at it), so if you would like to inquire about her products further, please email Catherine directly at: c.katATfree.fr

Thank you KaT for sharing with us your creative works!

{Sorry I was away yesterday, grandmother Ilse passed away Monday morning so we’ve been planning the funeral remotely to take place in Germany. Posting will be light this week.}

(images from kat)






Inspiration, Travel

Danish Interiors – Swoon!

September 7, 2007

Susan Serra (the kitchen design expert) told me several months ago about a trip she had planned to Denmark, as she knows I was considering visiting Copenhagen myself this Fall. Well, plans have changed…

Danish Interiors - Swoon!
Instead I’ll be flying to Stockholm for an extended girl’s weekend in October and a design show, so when Ms. Susan returned from Denmark sharing with me images of home interiors and furnishings (many from her own family), I instantly felt transported there – like I’m not missing out anymore. In fact, none of us are – we can all sit right here and enjoy Danish living.

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And these two photos (below) show where Susan and her family stayed while there. They sublet this apartment in downtown Copenhagen because it’s spacious and provides them with a private space that serves as their home away from home. When traveling for extending periods, Susan says, “Sublet!” as it’s the most affordable, and fun, way to travel and explore a new culture. I couldn’t agree more.

Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon! Don’t you love these chairs and that head on the wall?? Great!

To see more of Susan’s shots of interiors while in Denmark, click here.

Now for some home furnishings… Most of these she shot in various stores around the city.

Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon!Danish Interiors - Swoon! How much is that doggy in the window???

To view more photos of furnishings, click here for Susan’s complete album along with websites linking to these fabulous stores.

Thank you Susan for contacting me and so nicely offering these images for us to enjoy. xo!

Happy Friday everyone, I’m heading off to Brimfield — See you on Monday!

(images from susan serra)






Rooms

Pillows and Throws

September 6, 2007

I absolutely love shopping at Pillows and Throws and think it’s one of the best online sources for bedding and pillows.

Pillows and Throws
Owner Pam wrote to me a few minutes ago about their brand new collection of Thomaspaul Pillows (she knows I’m a fan of his work), and I really like some of his new designs. He has a more affordable line of cotton pillows out, I think my favorite is the white Matryoska pillow, it’s the best. No clue where I’d put it, but I’m thinking on a small white bench I have beneath my bedroom window. It’s just so cute.

Pillows and Throws
Pillows and Throws also carry tons of quilts from quilt guru Denyse Schmidt, the Single Girl quilt is one of my favorites. I dream of owning a quilt by this lady – someday!

Pillows and ThrowsPam also mentioned a new contemporary bedding collection that she loves from BlissLiving. Very nice, thanks for the tips Pam!

(images from pillows and throws)






Objects

Purl – decor8 Readers Save 10% (until 9/13)

September 6, 2007

Sew girl, sew! I’ve decided that I’m going to pull out my Bernina and start sewing again on a regular basis. I truly miss the feeling of creating and the joy of seeing the finished product. After reading Midwest Modern last week, I feel so inspired to get rolling on some projects.

Purl - decor8 Readers Save 10% (until 9/13)
Problem is, or so I thought, now that I’m truly inspired and ready to sew we are due to leave again for Germany so I won’t have my machine with me there. Leave it to my husband to come up with a clever solution. Our friend, who lives only blocks from where we stay, is a seamstress and although she speaks little English, Thorsten suggested that I purchase all the fabric and patterns that I need here before I go and he will work with the two of us to convert the measurements so I can work on her machine. And having her by my side is a major bonus because then I can have a pro around to correct all of my mistakes.

With that being said, I’m placing an order at Purl today and wondered if you’d like to shop there with me? Jen at Purl is giving us a 10% discount running until September 13, just enter “DECOR” upon checkout (leave out the 8). First stop, Amy Butler fabric!

By the way, have you seen my little work space? I blogged about how much manpower we put into renovating it here and here, but I haven’t showed you where the room stands today.

Purl - decor8 Readers Save 10% (until 9/13)
I had a docksta table in the room, but I moved it to another place in the house because I need a sturdy wood table for cutting out patterns and no matter how hard I tried, the docksta always seemed to move just a little. Too bad, it looked great in this space. I’m heading down to Brimfield tomorrow to hunt for a wood table. I’ll let you know what I find, if I find anything at all. I’m still deciding where to put all the art I have stacked on my table, and my inspiration board, but here’s a glimpse of what it looks like today. Remember, this is an 1875 carriage house, so the beams are original to the house. I need to still install art and make something for the windows (I’m thinking of roman shades), so it’s a bit spare.

Purl - decor8 Readers Save 10% (until 9/13)Purl - decor8 Readers Save 10% (until 9/13)Purl - decor8 Readers Save 10% (until 9/13)Purl - decor8 Readers Save 10% (until 9/13)(sorry, the lighting is quite bad in my home today – severely overcast outside.)

(images from purl and holly becker for decor8)






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